Worried that it was another Tijuana Joe’s (bland) or Moe’s (bland) or Barberitos (bland), I avoided it for a while. I had been disappointed by bad Mexican food in Atlanta too many times to go down that road again, so I’m not sure how anyone dragged me into Chepe’s and forced me to eat there, but I’m sure glad they did.
• Style: Mexican fare
• Dress: Casual
• Atmosphere: Fun, festive, relaxing
• Price Range: Dinner entrees range from $7 to $14. Lunch starts at $4.99.
• Great For: Tasty, fast Mexican
• Specialties: Nachos, quesadillas, taquitos and carnitas
• Kids: Absolutely
• Vegetarian options: Yes
Chepe's Mexican Grill Enchiladas
Chepe’s isn’t a fast-food, order-at-the-counter joint like Willy’s, but a sit down place more on the order of On The Border, but decorated even classier in sultry browns and earthy washes. Their atmosphere has a definite fun “fiesta” factor. But the fun really starts when you meet the hostess. I’ve been in two of the chains and they are staffed with, quite honestly, the nicest people you’re likely to meet. Friendly, bubbly, and graciously, they’ll take you to your table and turn you over to another friendly, bubbly, and gracious server.
Chepe's Mexican Grill Outside View
Chepe’s is fast. You could easily grab a lunch bite in no time at all, and for practically nothing. Their lunch items range from $5 to $10. You’ll get a lot of food for $5 at Chepe’s - a whole plateful with two large items, like a burrito and enchilada, plus rice and beans. Add to that their complementary chips and two kinds of salsa, and you’re sure to get your fill. Oh, the chips! They’re the best - thin, crispy, homemade, and you can’t seem to stop yourself with chips like this. The queso is basic, but very good, with or without jalapenos. Do try the Queso Chorizo con Rajas if you’re into fancy queso. It has sausage, grilled poblanos, pico de gallo, and sour cream. So good!
Chepe's Mexican Grill Tacos
Although you can certainly match the price for fast Mexican food at any number of restaurants nearby, the food at Chepe’s is certain to be better and the service is the very best. It’s not upscale gourmet, but very tasty and will easily satisfy any spontaneous craving for Mexican. Nachos and quesadillas are served seven ways with a selection of toppings like cheese (duh), pork, beef, chicken, spinach, potatoes, jalapenos, and beans.
Chepe's Mexican Grill Decor
We’ve tried the tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and hamburgers. Be prepared for large portions and good flavor. The sauces are delicious with a mild to medium level of spice. Again, it’s not gourmet like Inc. or No Mas, but it’s still very good and a much nicer place to eat than Willy’s or Tijuana Joe’s, plus it has great ambience and a full bar. There are some small TVs at the bar for those sitting at the counter, but I love that they don’t interfere with the ambience of the restaurant or hypnotize the kids by being placed everywhere.
You won’t run out of drinks or chips or anything here - the servers will take very good care of you but not obtrusively. We’ve also been visited by the manager each time, and that wasn’t obtrusive either.
Their menu is very, very large because they offer every possible permutation of tacos, enchiladas, burritos, fajitas, and combination platters. Our experience is based upon the Marietta location on Shallowford and the Johnâs Creek location.
Five locations around north Atlanta in John’s Creek, Suwanee, Cumming, and two in Marietta.
Hours: Sunday through Wednesday 11 am to 10 pm
Thursday through Saturday 11 am to 10:30 pm